Heavy Breathing? I don’t often get to review these: Sparkling Passion is exceptional!

This is a cut&paste of a review done for Bella Forro and her romance novel, as it appears on Amazon and elsewhere.

Romance. Extremely well done, sexy (for adults only); a compelling read.

five stars

Forro’s work is in a genre that is a little unusual for this reviewer, so the star count was (as it often is) a tough decision. Until I realized I’d done a ‘fast first peek’ and read three chapters, only stopping because of an appointment I could not possibly reschedule.

I am aware of this genre mostly from earlier experience with Lynda Simmons, who wrote for one of the Harlequin titles as Linda Simons (they already had a Simmons.) Lynda is now a successful novelist (Island Girl, for an example) under her own name. Forro is roughly her equal in the romance field. To add to the interest, the chief characters get chapters told from their own point of view. And, both viewpoints are believable. Add to this real social knowledge of clothes, makeup, fine dining, whatever.

The story has the predictable love interest, conflict, reconciliation. There is desire and frustration. However, the plot details are clever and unique, and utterly convincing. I’ll give you a few quotes:

“I couldn’t say why, but I reached forward and slipped my hand into his, not sure why or what I was even trying to say in doing it. He seemed surprised, and at least distracted from what was in front of us long enough to tip his head toward me, so I could see the length of his eyelashes and the flash of that heat in his eyes I had seen the night before.”

“…front of my building — disappearing inside to my own room, to tug off these clothes and pull on a pair of cotton shorts and a tank top and crash for a few hours before I had to endure a Monday morning from hell — when Will pulled open my door and I was stepping out into a garage that hosted nothing but beautiful, imported cars. There were so many reasons I shouldn’t be there.”

I should mention that there are a couple of sub-plots that have a surprise interconnection. This is a well-thought-out story. If romance novels are escapist literature, this one will take you in for sure. My personal guidelines, when doing any review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. Five stars it is, and an extremely recommended sexy romance.

Kindle Book Review Team member.

(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)

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